1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.


This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Time Keeper by Tara Sim

published November 8th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press

pages: 424

genre: YA science fiction/steampunk

In this world, clocks are a magical thing that keep time in order. If there’s something wrong with the clock, it can cause time to slow, or skip, or even stop a town in the same time forever. While mechanics are people that have the skills to be able to maintain and repair the clocks, the knowledge of how to create them or repair a clock once it has completely stopped has been lost.

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3 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier


published: 2013 by square fish
pages: 480
genre: time travel YA fantasy
series: Book 3 of 3 in the Ruby Red Trilogy


I thought that this book was a great ending to the series. There was not nearly as much annoying recap, like at the beginning of the 2nd book. I felt like the quirkiness of the characters was also in check and stuck to their personalities. Nothing felt forced. I felt like this book had finally worked out most of the kinks found in the past two volumes.

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3 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Extracted by Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin

published: October 3rd, 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

pages: 300

genre: YA steampunk

The ebook is free on Amazon as of this posting.

Extracted is the first in a trilogy. The entire series has been released as ebooks, but currently only the first is available in paperback.

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3 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

published: May 2013 by Square Fish, reprint edition (originally published in German)

pages: 384

genre: YA time travel & historical fiction

series: This is the 2nd book in the Ruby Red Trilogy.


Like the first book in the series this was a very enjoyable read, but I still had a few qualms.

The story has a different layout than your typical novel. While this book continues the plot of the first book, I wouldn’t say that it really has its own plot and resolution. It is merely the next step in the many plots and points started in the first. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make the way I am reading them now and for reading them in the future. They truly do seem to be read altogether, and are really more of a 3 part story than a trilogy of 3 separate books. Continue reading “Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier”

4 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

published: May 2012 by Square Fish; Reprint edition (originally published in German)

pages: 352

genre: YA Time Travel and Historical Fiction

series: This is the first book of the Ruby Red Trilogy.


Gwyneth comes from a family of time travelers. When she unexpectedly discovers that she inherited the 12th time traveler gene, she is thrust into a crash course about the chronograph and the secret connection between the 12 time travelers. Continue reading “Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier”

3 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

published: July 2015 by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

pages: 320

genre: YA historical steampunk

series: The 1st book in an ongoing series (I’m guessing a trilogy).

The back cover does a great job of summarizing this book simply. “What if British magic kept the American Revolution from ever occurring?” There is a great divide between those who have magic (the magisters) and those who do not. Some, like the Rebel Mechanics, are seeking equality through the use of steam and electricity. Continue reading “Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson”